Apricot Almond Bars


I’ve been making these fabulous little “goodies” so long, I have no idea where I ever even got the recipe! Originally, I made them for a tea party and everyone was just crazy, so I began making them as part of my Christmas treat trays. Now we have folks expecting them each year; a sure sign of a super-duper “keeper” recipe, wouldn’t you say??  
Base
1 pkg. yellow cake mix, approx. 15 oz.
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup sliced toasted almonds
12 oz. jar apricot preserves, warmed
Filling
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. almond extract
1 egg
Topping
1 cup reserved base mixture
½ cup flaked coconut, toasted
¼ cup sliced toasted almonds

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. (325 degrees F. if using a glass baking dish). Generously spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
  • To prepare base, combine cake mix and butter in a large mixing bowl, using a hand-mixer at low speed; mix just until crumbly.  Stir in almonds; reserve 1 cup of this mixture.  Press remaining base mixture over bottom of prepared baking dish.
  • Carefully spread warmed preserves over base, leaving an edge of about 1/4-inch all the way around.
  • In the same mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese with the sugar, flour and salt; beat in egg and vanilla until mixture is smooth.  Spread cream cheese mixture over preserves layer.
  • To prepare the topping, combine the reserved cup of the base mixture with flaked coconut and ¼ cup sliced almonds; sprinkle over the top of the cream cheese layer.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown and center is set.  Cool at least 1 hour before cutting into bars or fingers.  Store in refrigerator, but best served at room temperature.

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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